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Andhra Pradesh: 16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna River

13 November 2017, 12:50 | Floyd Cook

Andhra Pradesh: 14 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river, rescue operations underway

11 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

Thirteen people lost their lives when their boat capsized in the Krishna river on Sunday evening. The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.

According to police, 30 people, who were on picnic party on the occasion Karthika Masam, hired a boat operated by a private company. Another three passengers were rescued by the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late in the night.

Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 16 bodies so far in the tragic incident.

The rescue operations were underway and senior officials rushed to the spot. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people. However, another source said the boat had hit rocks causing it to overturn. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island.

Most of the passengers were said to be members of the Ongole Walkers Club in Prakasam district while some were from Nellore who were on a visit to Vijayawada.

Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed her department officials to ascertain whether the boat operator had requisite permissions.

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